Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery of the Charleston County Public Library
provides space for juried art exhibitions, solo or group, at the Main Library,
68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Preference is given to work reflecting
experiences and viewpoints of South Carolina residents.
Submissions to exhibit will only be accepted during September of 2015. The works of each selected artist or group
will be exhibited for one month beginning in March of 2016. For more information,
please email Sarah Burriss at email@example.com.
which must be included with an artist's submission, are available online (see
link below) or by calling 843-805-6840.
Gallery Procedures: The Charleston County
Public Library offers an opportunity to South Carolina artists and craftsmen,
who have been selected by a jury of local art professionals, to present their
work to the public.
the exhibition space serving as an avenue for the respectful exchange of
artistic and conceptual ideas within a diverse constituency, these exhibitions
should reflect the varied experiences and viewpoints of the people of South
Carolina. The Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee selects
artists and craftsmen for inclusion in the exhibition schedule on the basis of
the quality of their work and suitability for the space.
Submission Guidelines: Artists must submit a
current resume and 8 to 12 examples of their work in the form of photographs,
CDs or other electronic medium appropriate for display to the Charleston County
Public Library Gallery Committee. We recommend visiting the space prior to
submission to determine the suitability of the space for your work.
submitted must be representative of the work intended for display, and
appropriately labeled with the artist's name, the title, medium and size.
must be at least 18 years old to be considered by the gallery committee.
work should not have been previously exhibited at the library. Preference will
be given to newly created works.
the Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee has met to select those
artists who will display in the following year, those selected will be notified
and assigned their exhibition month.
director of the library has final approval for all exhibits.
Gallery Exhibit Standards:
Works on paper and photographs
should be protected with glass or acrylic glazing. Acetate or
shrink-wrapped works are not acceptable.
Alternative framing (with
artwork sandwiched between glazing and backing) held together by plastic
or metal brackets is acceptable if a secure hanger is provided.
For mediums not requiring
glazing, such as paintings on canvas or fiber art, a sturdy framework with
hanging wire is required.
The gallery utilizes a cable
suspension system. A secure hanging wire or bracket attached to the
picture is required.
Securing works to the cables
using zip ties (provided upon request) is strongly recommended.
Artists will be required to
hang their own works. Special hanging arrangements will be made for
library sponsored exhibitions. All hangings are subject to the
approval of the gallery committee.
Case displays will be subject
to the approval of the gallery committee. If media cannot hang, the artist must make his/her own
arrangements for secure display.
Dimensions of the Saul
Alexander Gallery are as follows: When entering the gallery, the left wall
is 17'8", the rear wall is 14'6" and the right wall is
19'2". The room height is slightly more than 8'. The door to the
gallery is 83" high by 70" wide.
A committee or staff member
will approve the installation of exhibits in advance and after completion.
Artists are responsible for providing
labels for their work. Artwork, labels or business cards must be on heavy
stock and must not be glued or nailed to the wall. Pushpins are
The artist must submit a list
containing titles and descriptions as well as prices. If the art is
for sale, the list will be available to the public at the information
desk. The artist may have business cards at the exhibit. Prices may
not be displayed or available within the gallery, but the artist may
supply a small sign directing the public to the information desk for
prices. Sales are strictly between the artist and customer; the library
will not as intermediary for the exchange, and will not accept any money
on the artist's behalf.
Works that are sold must remain
in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, except under special
The library will not be
responsible for artwork not picked up at the agreed upon time.
The library will generate a
gallery brochure featuring the year's exhibits. The library will include information
about the exhibits in monthly press releases, and an announcement of the
exhibition will be included in the library's monthly calendar. The
artist may send out their own publicity at their own expense.
It is agreed that the
Charleston County Public Library will not be responsible in any manner to
the exhibitor or the owner for the items or fixture pertaining thereto, in
the exhibition in case of theft, destruction or injury thereto from any
It is agreed also that the
exhibitor or owner or both named hereto, are responsible for timely
delivery, hanging and pickup of their work.
It is agreed that the number of
items, including frames and mountings, which may be exhibited in a given
space and the arrangements thereof, will conform to all requirements as
may be prescribed by the gallery committee and/or library staff.
It is agreed that the exhibitor
is responsible for transporting the art works to the library, for planning
the display, arrangement or hanging of the exhibit, and for providing
necessary materials and tools.
Approved by the Charleston County Library Board of Trustees, October 1998